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A Case Study on Grade 3 Gynecomastia from Steroids
Posted by Dr. Dadvand November 14, 2023
Today, I want to share with you a compelling case study of a patient who suffered from steroid-induced gynecomastia, a common yet challenging condition to treat. I’m Dr. Babak Dadvand, a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia.
A few months ago, a patient approached me with a case of gynecomastia from steroids. This condition, known as steroid-induced gynecomastia, is characterized by an enlargement of the male breast tissue due to the use of anabolic steroids. The patient presented with grade 3 gynecomastia, where the breast tissue extended beyond the areolas, and the skin had started to fold at the bottom half of the chest.
Analyzing the Chest
During our initial consultation, I carefully examined his chest. The most striking features were the significantly enlarged areolas and the considerable amount of breast tissue, typical signs of gynecomastia from steroids. His chest had a soft, bottom-heavy shape, which deviated from the masculine contour that is ideal.
The Surgical Approach and Results
The primary goal of the surgery was to address the steroid-induced gynecomastia by removing the excess tissue and reshaping the chest. Six months after the surgery, the results were evident. His areolas had reduced in size, and the overall chest contour had improved dramatically, showcasing the desired masculine shape.
From the side and oblique views, the improvement was remarkable. The nipple projection had decreased, and the angle between his breast and belly showed significant skin retraction – a positive outcome in treating gynecomastia from steroids.
This case highlights the complexities and nuances of treating steroid-induced gynecomastia. It underscores the importance of a tailored approach that considers the unique aspects of each case. Contact my Beverly Hills office if you are concerned about steroid-induced gynecomastia and discuss financing options available for surgical treatment.